I harvested my flow frames mid December and the side window showed the bees were taking off wax capping in a day or two. I could see them carrying chips of wax downstairs.
Then I was away for ten days over Christmas. When I got back home the rear door showed that they’d removed all the wax in the flow frames, and seemed to be propolising the gaps. Of course, I can only see the rear layer of cells.
I’d imagined that they’d remove just the capping, seal up the splits from operating the frames, but leave the extra wax they’d built up on the flow frames to extend the depth and start filling with nectar. It seems as though they’d removed all the wax they first laid down, and would be starting the waxing from scratch.
I haven’t done an inspection as the fire conditions mean no smoker, so I might not be seeing the whole picture. But it’s made me wonder a few things.
Do they remove all the wax as it seems mine have done?
How much would they normally leave in place?
What do they do with the wax they remove?
Is there a wax store in the hive somewhere?
I don’t know if this is relevant but the bees are super busy with foraging. My neighbours say they can’t have a lazy morning sleep-in as the bees in their Crepe Myrtle tree outside their bedroom window are buzzing so loudly. There must be a lot of re-stocking going on in the hive.